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Governor Abbott calling for statewide takeover of Houston ISD

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In case you've been living under a rock during the Christmas holiday break, TX Governor Greg Abbott (R), in a scathing tweet on Twitter, put Houston ISD's failed leadership on full-blast. He also slammed the district's leaders for "self-centered ineptitude" & rallied for the State on taking over the school district's Board of Trustees. I believe that Abbott's right on this one for obvious reasons: the recent ugly racially-polarized battle over the demotion of Houston ISD Interim Superintendent Dr. Grenita Latham in favor of former Houston ISD Superintendent Abe Saavedra from a few months ago(who recently left San Antonio ISD & refused to return to his old job in Houston due to the backlash) which spiraled out of control following racial divisions between the African American & Latino Houston ISD School Board members: later the Board of Trustees voted to keep Latham as the Interim Superintendent.

 

State Senator Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston) is pushing legislation which could eliminate single-member district in favor of At-Large Districts including other measures.

 

Like to know your thoughts on Abbott calling out Houston ISD & calling for statewide takeover of the State's largest school district ?

 

https://www.texastribune.org/2019/01/03/texas-gov-greg-abbott-take-over-houston-isd/

 

https://abc13.com/education/gov-abbott-says-houston-isd-leadership-is-a-disaster/5011215/

 

A.) Love It

 

B.) Hate It

 

C.) TBD

 

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First question I would have is:  Do state takeovers of an ISD work out well?  Maybe they should just call a new board election if the current trustees can't behave like adults.

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